Copper Canyon, a beautiful and rugged series of canyons that have led some to call this the most scenic railroad trip on the continent. It is both an important transportation system for locals and a draw for tourists. The tracks pass over 37 bridges and through 86 tunnels, rising as high as 2,400 meters above sea level. See the Taramuhara Indians, there are among the largest and most traditional native American societies in all of North America. We have put together a list of reccommended places to visit on your next trip to Copper Canyon. For more information such as accommodations or to book a hotel in Copper Canyon Mexico visit our accommodations page. The attractions listed below are broken up in various categories to help you navigate.
- Copper Canyon Nature and Train
- Religious Sights
- Historical and Archaeological
- Museums & Art
- Nearby Towns
Note: Most indigenous people in Copper Canyon resent having their picture taken. If you really want a picture make sure you ask and maybe even offer a small donation.
At the head of Candameña Canyon, Basaseachi Falls, with a drop of 246 meters (812 feet) and located within Basaseachi National Park, this is the second highest waterfall in Mexico and it's located in Candamena Canyon, just about 3.5 hours from Creel. It can be viewed from several vantage points along the walking trail...
The Chp (Chihuahua al Pacifico, or El Chepe) was privatized in 1998 being taken over by the private rail franchise Ferromex. The CHP is a major rail line in northwest Mexico, linking the city of Chihuahua, Chihuahua, to the town of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, near the Pacific coast. It runs 650 km (400 miles), traversing the Copper Canyon...
Located 14 miles (22 kms) south of Creel along the Creel to Guachochi road, is Cusarare Falls is one of the most popular destinations for visitors to the Sierra Tarahumara. Cusarare Falls drops 100 feet (30 meters) to join the Urique River in the Copper Canyon. This area is surrounded by a pine forest. Nearby is Recowata hot springs...
Peña del Gigante - Balancing Rock
It is the highest vertical rock face in the country, dropping a straight which has the highest vertical wall of Mexico at 885 meters (2,290 feet). to the Candameña River at its base. one of the tallest vertical rock faces in the country. The five routes have 5.12 and 5.13 grades of difficulty, making them ideal for rappelling and climbing...
Piedra Volada - Peña del Gigante - Balancing Rock
Cascada Piedra Volada or in English "Flying Stone" is about a day's hike from Basaseachi Falls and can only be reached on foot. Pierda Volada is the 11th largest waterfall in the world, and at the height of 1,486 feet (453 meters) it is the tallest waterfall in Mexico.The lookout offers a view of the 700-meter (2,310-foot) cliff and a pine and oak forest.
Recowata Hot Springs
Just 13 miles (22 km) from Creel you can hike up to Cusarare falls then continuing to Recohuata hot springs. This very popular hot springs sits at the bottom of a small canyon called Tararecua and can be reached by car, bicycle, horseback or even on foot. The spring itself is a scalding 145°F (127°C); but it drains into the river and cools.
Valley of the Frogs
Located in the town of Creel is the Valley of the Frogs (Valle de Ranas), named for the group of colossal shaped rocks that resemble frogs. The rock formations where sculpted by erosion of the volcanic and sedimentary rock layers, producing some interesting rocks formations. Nearby visit Valley of the Mushrooms and the Valley of the Monks.
Valley of the Mushrooms
Located in the town of Creel is the Valley of the Mushrooms (Valle de Ongos), named for the group of colossal mushroom shaped rocks there. The rock formations where sculpted by erosion of the volcanic and sedimentary rock layers, producing some interesting balanced rocks. Similar to some of Salvador Dali's paintings.
Escultura de Cristo Rey
Located on the corner of Av. Gran Vision and Cristo Rey, in the town of Creel. This white stone statue, which stands on top of a hill, is 8 meters (26 feet) tall. To reach the statue you’ll have to ascend the 500-meter (1,650-foot) hillside and a stairway. From the top of the hill it offers panoramic views the city. This is an excellent place to take photographs.
Mision Jesuita Santo Cinco Señores de Cusarare
Located in the central zone of the Parque Natural Barrancas del Cobre, 22 km (14 mi) from Creel, off the Guachochi Highway. This is one of the region’s oldest missions and an important site where many Tarahumara celebrations take place. The original architecture of the church has been kept intact and the interior is adorned with Raramuri paintings.
Located northwest of the Copper Canyon, 350 km (217 mi) from the city of Chihuahua and a half-kilometer from Casas Grandes. This was the region’s main pre-Hispanic settlement and one of the oldest commercial and religious centers in the north. The adobe buildings have T-shaped doors and a maze-like distribution.
Casa y Museo de Artesanias de Creel
Located in front of Creel’s main plaza, on Tarahumara Street. This museum has an important collection of Tarahumara art and crafts, allowing you to learn about their customs and cosmovision. There is also a showroom with an exhibit of prize-winning Raramuri crafts. Open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 to 6:00 and Sunday from 9:00 to 1:00.
Museo Loyola in Cusarare - Loyola Museum
Just 13 miles (22 km) from outside of Creel you'll find the Village of Cusarare. There is an ancient mission here built in 1741, the Loyola Museum exhibiting the lost paintings of many famous Mexican artists. . This museum has a collection of more than 45 sacred works of art from the 16th to 18th centuries.
Copper Canyon Area Cities
Copper Canyon is a region in Northwest Mexico providing some of the most spectacular scenery in all of Mexico. The CHP is a major rail line in northwest Mexico, linking the city of Chihuahua, to the town of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, near the Pacific coast. Along the tour the trains stops in several cities including Los Mochis, Creel, El Fuerte...
Tarahumara Indians - Rarámuri
The Tarahumara people (known as Rarámuri in their own language) of northern Mexico’s Sierra Madre are among the largest and most traditional native American societies in all of North America. There doesn’t appear to be a consensus regarding the number of Tarahumara Indians living in the Sierra Madre (also known as the Sierra Tarahumara).